Pediatric imaging is a subspecialty of radiology that provides a full range of imaging services for infants and children of all ages (up to age 18), including newborns. Imaging of the In utero developing fetus in pregnant women is also a part of this specialty. Our highly trained radiologists, using the latest in dedicated pediatric imaging equipment, including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, fluoroscopy) provide expertise in pediatric diagnosis and image-guided treatment.
Our pediatric radiologists are highly trained subspecialists who have completed additional years of training in pediatric radiology and pediatric neuroradiology after completing radiology residency. They received their fellowship training from some of the most highly respected programs in the country including St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
Pediatric imaging specialists perform patient studies at the VCU Health System, including various outpatient locations and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR).
The latest equipment and technology provide non-invasive imaging studies and image-guided procedures, including:
- CT scan
- Uses low-dose radiation to create image “slices” of solid organs and systems
- EOS Imaging
- Produces 3d images using a highly sensitive detector that reduces radiation exposure
- Uses a strong magnetic field to create images of the body, and is best for seeing inside of soft organs
- Allows for live vision inside the body, and is often used during medical procedures
- Sonography (Ultrasound)
- Uses sound waves to capture real-time images and structures of internal organs
Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (fetal MRI) is a non-invasive, non-radiation imaging technique that provides information about the anatomic structure of a fetus. It can confirm and further characterize a finding from an ultrasound study, as well as look for other possible abnormalities. It particularly excels in the evaluation of the fetal brain and spine, and can be used to help prognosticate outcome in cases of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and fetal lung masses.
Pediatric Vascular and Interventional Procedures
Pediatric vascular and interventional procedures involve intravascular line placement, embolic treatment of arteriovenous malformations and control of acute bleeding, as well as intravascular infusion of chemotherapy agents for treatment of cancers are some of the highly specialized procedures our pediatric interventional radiologists provide.
Pediatric Imaging Safety
Some pediatric imaging studies, including computed tomography scans and fluoroscopy require the use of radiation. We incorporate and use the American College of Radiology (ACR) sanctioned “Image Gently” principles of using every possible means to decrease the level of radiation exposure in children from these studies. We use child-specific imaging protocols and specialized imaging software to enhance image quality while minimizing radiation doses. We monitor our pediatric computed tomography radiation doses and report to the ACR for quality assurance. Our radiation doses are at the lower end of reporting hospitals and similar to other larger, free-standing children’s hospitals.Learn More About Our Safety Office
Pediatric radiologists complete subspecialty training in pediatric radiology and neuroradiology.